By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In this story, we’ll look back on the 2018 Mississippi State Bulldogs Football team in their Season In Review. The Bulldogs finished with an 8-5 record.
The team began the season with three straight wins. The Bulldogs then lost back-to-back games, as they lost to the Kentucky Wildcats and the Florida Gators.
Mississippi State got back on track with a win over No. 8 Auburn Tigers, before losing to the No. 5 LSU Tigers. The Bulldogs won their next two games to improve to 6-3 on the season.
Following a loss to the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide to fall to 6-4, the team went 2-1 to finish the season. The team was defeated 27-22 in the Outback Bowl to the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 1st, 2019.
Nick Fitzgerald went 145 of 281 for 1,767 yards. He also had 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Keytaon Thompson went 18 of 29 for 458 yards after Fitzgerald suffered a season-ending injury. He had six touchdowns and one interception.
Fitzgerald led the team rushing with 221 carries for 1,121 yards and 13 touchdowns. Kylin Hill also had 117 carries for 734 yards and four touchdowns. Aeris Williams also had a significant contribution with 85 carries for 524 yards and three touchdowns.
Stephen Guidry led the team in receiving with 19 receptions for 440 yards and three touchdowns. Osirus Mitchell had 26 receptions for 427 yards and four touchdowns.
Johnathan Abram led the team with 99 tackles with 9.0 tackles for a loss. He also had 3.0 sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and five pass deflections.
Abram had 12 more tackles than his teammate Eroll Thompson, who had 87 tackles.
Jeffery Simmons led the team with 18.0 tackles for a loss. Montez Sweat had 14.5 tackles for a loss, while E. Thompson had 10.0.
Sweat led the team with 12.0 sacks. Willie Gay was second with 5.0 sacks.
Five players led the team with two interceptions each. Those players were Willie Gay, E. Thompson, Abram, Cameron Dantzler, and C.J. Morgan.
Several players also led the team in forced fumbles. That includes Abram, Maurice Smitherman, Stephen Adegoke, Sweat, Simmons, Mark McLaurin, and Chris Rayford.
In addition, several players led the team in fumble recoveries. This includes Abram, McLaurin, Chris Rayford, Kendell Jones, and Joel Baldwin.
Dantzler led the team with nine pass deflections. Abram and Jaquarius Landrews were second with five, while four players were third with four pass deflections.
Tucker Day had 47 punts for 1,851 yards for an average of 39.4 yards per punt. Kody Schexnayder had nine punts for 325 yards for an average of 36.1 yards per punt.
Jace Christman was perfect with 41 extra points. He also went 12 of 16 in field goal attempts.
Jordan Lawless also was perfect with six extra points.
Brian Cole led the team with 10 kickoff returns for 225 yards. Deddrick Thomas had six kickoff returns for 109 yards. Malik Dear and Jamal Peters had two kickoff returns, while Marcus Murphy had one kickoff return.
Keith Mixon lead the team with 11 punt returns for 72 yards. Thomas had six punt returns for 35 yards. Dear had three punt returns, while Aaron Brule also had one.